Here's the letter that was sent to all instructors today:

June 17, 2011

Dear Fire Personnel,

Due to ongoing funding issues, Reading Area Community College has been closely monitoring the economic viability of all of its programs. The Fire program has consistently operated at a significant level of financial loss. Therefore, the College can no longer continue this program.

The College has met with the Berks County Commissioners several times to review options. None of these options were adopted. Therefore, Reading Area Community College will close its Fire program effective June 30, 2011.

We want to thank you for all of your hard work and dedication over the years.

Robert R. Vaughn, Ed.D.
Vice President
Workforce and Economic Development